This week in football:
Voluntary Organized Team Activities (OTAs) continue
July 26, 8-930a: Weight Room Workouts @ Studio
July 27, 3-5p: 7-on7 vs Vista @ Vista HS
July 28, 4-6p: Team Expectations Day @ Studio
Everyone planning on playing football should be in attendance unless arrangements have been made with Coach Josiah.
July 29, 4-6p: Football Gear Up Day @ Studio
Juniors & Seniors: 4-5p
Freshmen & Sophomores: 5-6p
If you cannot make it, please make arrangements with Coach Josiah by emailing [email protected]
July 30, 4-6p: First Day of Practice @ Studio
July 31, 745-1015a: Second Day of Practice @ Hidden Valley MS
Helmets and shoulder pads
Hello Football Family,
The time has arrived to kick off mandatory team activities. Our first practice is this week Friday at Hidden Valley MS from 4-630p. We will follow it up on Saturday with a morning practice at Hidden Valley MS from 745a-1015p. Starting this early will help us get some conditioning out of the way and start diving into our Xs and Os for the season. Our scrimmage at Escondido HS on 8/13 will soon be upon us and we need all the time we can to get used to playing in pads and learning the playbook.
Please be sure to add the dates above to your calendar and reach out to me if you have any questions at [email protected]. Also, the season schedule is posted, so check out the schedule to see what to add to your calendar today.
Play as One!
For Your Information (FYI)
FYI 1 -Athletic Clearance Packets should be completed by July 30 (the Athletic Department had mentioned July 15 at the Caiman Way Sports meeting, but has since clarified that the Athletic Clearance Packets need to be done before the first day of practice). This will cover your athlete for a full calendar year of sports at CAHS. Please click here for more information on the Athletic Clearance Packet.
You will not be allowed to participate unless the Athletic Clearance Packet is completed and on-file with the school.
FYI 2 - With the first day of practice approaching, take the time to make sure your nutrition is on point. Drink plenty of water and eat well. Stay away from the sodas and junk food.
FYI 3 - Home game location and times will soon be decided and updated on the Caiman Sports app and web page soon. Thank you for your patience.
FYI 4 - Practice times for the regular season have been updated in the Caiman Sports app and web page.
There is a mural that hangs in my home that is made of bits of ESPN and Sports Illustrated magazines. There are photos and phrases from frame to frame that give insight to me as a young man. A few of them read:
“They said I couldn’t make it. I said thanks for the challenge.”
“Earn your spot…”
“It’s not thunder you hear. It’s heart.”
I was the kid who went for a 3+ mile run 5 days a week. The whole time I would be chanting/singing, “How far is far? Ain’t far enough.” When I was tired, I would say it louder and louder as I pushed myself faster and faster in the home stretch. I’m sure the neighborhood thought I was crazy.
Back to my mural. My favorite clippings read:
“Impossible is nothing.
Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they have been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary.
Impossible is nothing.”
Now, I’m not asking you to start running 3 miles a day and to be the neighborhood nut who chants while running.
I’m asking you to dream about this season. I’m asking you to set high and lofty goals for yourself this season. In a word, I’m asking you to dream.
Dream of touchdowns and interceptions. Of first downs and goal line stands. Of celebrating with your teammates. Dream of your coaches asking you for more and surpassing their expectations. Of Pancake blocks. Of being on the PPR. Dream of pushing through the struggles along the way. Of league championships and CIF banners. Of embracing your family and friends after the game.
Let your dreams fuel what you do out on the field and earn the opportunity to turn your dreams into reality.
Welcome to Caiman Football!